Si Sedan spins off limited-edition Si
By Bob Plunkett
aboard, but cinch that racing helmet tightly
because we're firing up for hot laps on
the track with a racy factory-prepared
special issue Civic from American Honda
2008 Honda Civic Si Sedan looks serious
in a sleek aero-kit package with the flush
front air dam, side spoilers, a rear bumper
diffuser and tail spoiler.
stocks serious equipment too, such as
a high-performance suspension with springs
that pare the ride height 0.6 inches closer
to the pavement. The vehicle also includes
a helical-type limited slip differential,
sports exhaust system and four lightweight
Mugen forged aluminum wheels with high-grip
BFGoodrich g-Force KDW P215/45R1787V performance
addition to the 2008 Civic Si Sedan, Honda
is rolling out a special badge highlighting
the tilt toward performance with front
and rear emblems by Mugen a name
symbolizing Honda fast-lane car performance.
What does that give us?
2008 Honda Civic Mugen Si Sedan, which
will be available in limited-production
numbers of only 1,000 units this year.
rakish long and tall Civic Si hatchback
coupe, enriched by sporty drive manners
and a high-tech aluminum engine, cast
off the four-door Si Sedan version last
again for 2008, the four-door Civic Si
wears unique body parts with a thin wing
topping the rear deck and aero cladding
on the nose and tail. The five-seat cockpit
carries sport buckets up front, which
have big side bolsters and bold red fabric
stitching for accent.
Civic Si is the namesake of a former Civic
hatchback, which was souped, slammed and
sparked with nitrous-oxide elixirs among
street-racing daredevils. The name traces
to 1984 in Honda lore with the introduction
of the Civic S hatchback. When fuel injection
was added in 1986, the badge became Si.
Other Honda innovations followed, including
the first North American application of
Honda's wizardry of valve control.
last Si issues appeared in 2002 following
the 2001 introduction of a seventh-generation
platform for Civic's sedan and coupe.
in 2006 Honda brought out the eighth generation
of designs for its best-selling Civic,
featuring a longer and wider package with
the wheelbase stretched by 1.5 inches.
The Civic Si coupe treatment quickly followed,
and at the 2006 Specialty Equipment Market
Association's (SEMA) show Honda unveiled
a number of cool ideas to build depth
beneath the Si plate.
first of these ideas on the market was
the Si Sedan. However, at this time Honda
also unveiled its 2008 Civic Si Mugen
Sedan prototype and a Honda Factory Performance
(HFP) Si Sedan. The HFP package has high-performance
springs that shorten ride height by 0.5
inches and reduce the vehicle's roll center.
Also, high-performance dampers improve
the handling traits and body roll.
The 2008 Civic Si Mugen Sedan also scores
the high-performance suspension elements
of the HFP package, along with a full-vehicle
aero-package that attaches a front spoiler
with sports grille, spoilers on both flanks
and rear wing.
the cabin, a Mugen Limited Edition placard
mounts on the center console above the
shifter stick, which holds a spherical
50-mm Mugen aluminum shift knob. Also,
a serial-number placard goes to the instrument
a maximum of 1,000 units for 2008, the
Civic Si Mugen Sedan brings a MSRP of
less than $30,000 including a full factory
warranty. It comes in only one body paint
color Fiji Blue Pearl.
Civic Si doesn't have cramped quarters
despite being a compact-car. Also, a sharp
cant to the windshield on the inside carves
out a deep dash, which adds inches of
interior space. Honda took advantage of
this extra room by designing a twin-deck
ahead of the steering wheel is the near
section containing a large analog tachometer
and odometer with trip meter. Further
ahead of the steering wheel and
within the driver's line-of-sight
is the instrument panel.
crescent-shaped area houses the vivid
digital speedometer and gauges for fuel
level and engine temperature. Seat layout
for the cabin is conventional, with dual
buckets up front and a bench for three
in back. Front buckets are separated by
a floor-mounted console with space for
the transmission's gear stick and storage
space for several cups, a collection of
CDs and pocket change.
center stack near the console tilts toward
the windshield and houses audio and climate
gear. Air bags are poised around the passenger
compartment. The standard issue includes
frontal air bags for front seats, front
torso side air bags and curtain-style
strength stems from a round of disc brakes
rigged with four-piston brake calipers.
An anti-lock brake system (ABS) is also
included. The powertrain for Civic
Si Sedan and the Mugen edition
is quite special. The dual-cam four-in-line
engine displaces 2.0 liters, employing
a drive-by-wire throttle and Honda's special
i-VTEC (variable value timing and lift
electronic control) valvetrain to precisely
manage engine breathing and combustion.
plant generates 197 horsepower at 7,800
rpm plus torque of 139 lb-ft at 6,100
rpm. The sole transmission is a close-ratio
six-speed manual shifter tied with the
helical-type limited slip differential.
2008 Honda Civic Si
Compact four-door sedan
Si Sedan, Civic Si Mugen Sedan
Sedan 176.7 inches, Si Mugen
power rack and pinion
(front), 2 (side), 4 (side curtain)
mpg for city/29 mpg for hwy
Sedan $21,110, Si Mugen